Square Enix reopens digital purchases of Final Fantasy XIV

Over-encumbered MMO game reopens its doors to digital purchases.

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Following a prolonged period of overloaded server issues that left the game unplayable for many, Square Enix has resumed (via Joystiq) selling digital copies of relaunched massively multiplayer online game Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn.

Square Enix stopped selling digital versions of the game shortly after launch, offering seven days of free play time to those affected. Sony fully refunded players who purchased the game digitally on the PlayStation Store.

Game director Naoki Yoshida explained the game's server woes earlier this month. "The night following the announcement of our plans to temporarily limit sales of the download version, A Realm Reborn recorded upwards of 218,000 concurrent connections," he said at the time. "This is in spite of the fact that the peak login times for separate regions around the world arrive at differing intervals. We estimate that without time zone differences, the total number of concurrent connections would number anywhere from 300,000 to 350,000."

Reopening digital purchases suggests that Square Enix is having some success managing the game's servers.

Square Enix has said that customers who purchase the game will be able to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version for free when it launches in 2014.

Discussion

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elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

played through the first week+ of early access with my little tank and loved it. i would still be loving it if I didn't have to pay a separate "Windows Service" fee now besides the monthly subscription. game is already\still installed and i'm willing to pay the monthly fees but not willing to give them them extra for no reason.

it's got to be one or the other with any online game: you buy the game and play for free from then on or you install for free and pay a monthly subscription. not both.

telaros
telaros

Not like it matters.... most of the servers are dead now, anyone who were only able able to get digital version of the game but was forced to wait till yesterday to buy a copy don't get the +7 free days added for the grievances.

But like I said, most servers are near dead now save for certain guilds. Fates at higher levels are non-existant now for some reason, and only the fans and guilds that just normally run together are really even playing anymore.

Still takes 30 minutes to get a tank and healer to do dungeons. So effectively with no fates and long wait times, it's just a prettier but just as empty FF11...

Maybe people are having issues with being falsely banned? I know my friend never cheated and he can't access his account anymore...

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

I hope they put KH3 on PC through digital services like Steam if the Wii U can't handle it.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

So do you need a high end rig to run it? I'm wondering if my Radeon HD 4570 is powerful enough.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

I'm enjoying the game so far. Each class feels unique and you have access to other skills from other classes that you unlock. For me, Pugilist/Monk is the most fun.

Metaw
Metaw

For the price of it I would love to play it for at least the first month, but now that GTA V has been released I'll have to save it for later. But looks fun.

frylock1987
frylock1987

Kinda moved on from the game. Grinded out my DRG, did all of the end game content and such. Then it just turned into doing the same thing over and over again, fighting the same mobs, hoping a piece of armor or weapon drops for you. Game isn't even really hard.


Probably hop back into the game if they release an expansion pack and its the right price. Don't care much for the patch updates. I'll just wait and see what happens. Hopefully they make blocking people easier....I shouldn't have to type in some spammers full character name. should just be an option right away.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Full of Gold Spammers

Seriously they need to add "Report Spam and Blacklist" to the list when you right click player names. Anything quicker than having to open up the blacklist menu and manually typing in the spammers stupid name. 

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

Nice! I was expecting for this! Thanks Square!

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Welcome to yesterday morning, Gamespot...

WheelerJared
WheelerJared

Nice, I'll be hopping on this mmo when it comes to ps4, I'm playing KH 1.5 right now. So good.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Haha, what a mess they've made! First they made a game that is almost unplayable, has missing features and whatnot, leading to universal panning. Then they remade it, but failed to calculate the huge demand for it, making the game unplayable *again*. Fortunately, for Square Enix, fans of the game will make sure it gets and stays successful. All is well that ends well.

sugrim
sugrim

I really am suprise to see the game doing well!

kohle36
kohle36

Are people still having login issues?

GT_APE
GT_APE

@telaros BTW wait times for tanks/heals are the same for WoW or probably any other MMO. Don't like it? Roll a tank son!!

GT_APE
GT_APE

@telaros My copy arrives tomorrow and EORSEA WILL HAVE ONE MORE TANK!!!

Master_Overlord
Master_Overlord

@telaros what are u talking about? My server is always full, playing on EU Phoenix. Every zone is hella crowded, especially cities.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Jinzo_111887 I doubt it. That will most likely be a console only game for awhile, but you never know what the future holds. 

Master_Overlord
Master_Overlord

@ZeroX91 lol what kind of card is that? definately not a gaming one. You need at least HD4850 and even then u can play only at lowest settings. Im playing with HD7850 with maximum settings and shadows off, yet its a bit lagging in crowded areas.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

@frylock1987 No one has finished Bahamut's Coil, you "did all the end game content and such"? Ok...

Darkefka
Darkefka

@catsimboy SE is pretty good at banning gold spammers, they nearly completly destroyed in in FFXI, they will too in FFXIV, just be patient...

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

@catsimboy I'm sure that will be next. WoW has a good few addons (Badboy) that handles that crap

Shrooomie818
Shrooomie818

@WheelerJared you should jump on it asap.... it'll be worth it once it moves to ps4... you'll already have exp and be ready for the goood stuff

ztype85
ztype85

@Hurvl That pretty much sums up the issue with the relaunch. They didn't expect the huge demand because 1.0 was a disaster of biblical proportions. They thought they'd keep the veterans on board and maybe get another 100,000 subs and gradually build on that over time through word of mouth. Instead you had half a million people trying to play it on launch day.

Darkefka
Darkefka

@kohle36 don't listen to this guy, it's working top notch on prime time now, maybe have a queue of like 4 people but that's about it, and characacter creation is now reopened for MOST servers (including some high pop ones that were never opened before like Diabolos)

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

@kohle36 Login isn't so bad, some queues but no more than a couple of minutes. Connection to JP Group lobby has been patchy but not a huge problem.

The bigger problem is that character creation was still a problem getting onto the server of your choice.

telaros
telaros

@GT_APE @telaros Carrying a bunch of whinny players that tell you to slow down and try to spite you by not healing you or make a pull when others are afk, only to make them feel stupid by soloing 3 groups of heroic trash on your paladin, yeah... fun.

Guess which game I dropped after 6 years? Yeah, I don't need to carry self-entitled assholes or crybabies through dungeons. Besides, fates are superior to anything yo'd get running those.

End game is all that matters to me anyways.

Also, taking in this game is even interesting than WoW.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

On the english servers theres only like 20 that have finished so BC so far

frylock1987
frylock1987

@JohnMafia @frylock1987  

I actually have. So...yeah.

no need to be bitter.

NOBODY out of the thousands upon thousands of Players form all over the WORLD have not finished Bahamuts Coil? and you know this how.? Have you personally messaged each player from the US, EU and JP servers and asked them one by one?
 

No?


Then shut the fuck up.

WheelerJared
WheelerJared

@emperiox @WheelerJared Amazing. I've put 15 hours into it so far. And my brain is overloading with nostalgia like the whole time. It's the exact same as the old games though. No additions. The gameplay and cutscenes just look a lot better visually.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@ztype85 @Hurvl I've never been a FF fan, so I'm surprised as well that so many people wanted to join in that the servers crashed. It's funny that Square Enix can't seem to get anything right, they fail both with a bad game and when they make a better version of it. Third time's the charm?

Darkefka
Darkefka

@telaros @GT_APE I sincerely hope I never run with you, you seem like one of those tanks that are so much better then anyone when they make mistakes and causes a wipe they blame everyone and ragequit...

Onallion
Onallion

@Darkefka @telaros @Master_Overlord The servers are absolutely packed, to the point I still get queues sometimes. Every area is filled with people and the FATEs are just...

So basically, you don't know what you're talking about bro.

Darkefka
Darkefka

@telaros @Master_Overlord I play one a ''crap'' US server too and it's always full and crowded too even when playing at like 3-4 AM, FATEs are full of people grinding them so I really don't know what you're talkign about... my guess is you're a troll, if that's the case you're a bad one lol...

Darkefka
Darkefka

@frylock1987 @JohnMafia we know that because the most hardcore FC are always streaming their tries, so the second Bahamut is down, it'll be on youtube... if for you end game is CM/AK then yeah, you,ve beaten end game, but there is MUCH more then that.. and frankly, what did you expect, it's a MMO of course you're going to run the same dungeons over and over to get gear... every MMO does that.

emperiox
emperiox

@WheelerJared 

Sweet, I remember ragequitting when I was a teenager on Ursula. >.<

I'll have to pick it up on Thursday to slay me some heartless xD

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Darkefka @Hurvl @ztype85 I meant that the unplayable state that it caused was a second failure of theirs. If you can't play the game, because the servers are overcrowded, you've failed in what you were supposed to do - create a playable product.

Darkefka
Darkefka

@Hurvl @ztype85 so having you servers so full of people that they can,t handle it is a failure now? i'd say it's a success, game was so good it exceeded their expectations, or perhaps you prefet the SWTOR way? to have like 100 time too much server on launch day so there is no problem, but all servers are emtpy?